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Eagle-eyed intelligence officer selected for President’s medal

Coimbatore: In a career spanning greater than 11 years, A Shanmugaraj, an intelligence officer within the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’s (DRI) Coimbatore unit, seized narcotics and golds value over Rs 200crore and arrested 60 other people. The 57-year-old officer has been decided on for the celebrated President’s medal for meritorious carrier. He will obtain the award at the Republic Day subsequent yr.

In 2008, Shanmugaraj recalled a Singapore-bound SilkAir flight that took off from the Coimbatore airport and seized 27kg ketamine hydrochloride, a narcotic drug value over Rs 2.5crore within the global marketplace, from a passenger.

It used to be simply considered one of his outstanding works, his DRI colleagues said. So some distance, he has helped the dep. grab narcotic drugs like heroin, ephedrine, methamphetamine and ketamine hydrochloride value Rs 97crore and greater than 150kg gold value Rs 50crore smuggled via Sri Lanka on the market within the coastal spaces of Tamil Nadu.

“Identifying the hid gold is a difficult process. Smugglers cover the yellow steel inside of iron containers and compressors. Unless the containers are opened and gold is melted and tested, the smuggled gold may just no longer be seized. While coping with flights, timing could be very an important and time control is important,” a department source instructed TOI.

Shanmugaraj had seized sandalwood logs and red sanders, that are endangered flowers, value Rs 9crore and digital items value Rs 2crore, which were introduced in bulk quantity under the guise of family articles. He also performed a very powerful function in registering multiple business fraud instances involving greater than Rs 100crore in opposition to certain exporters and importers. About Rs 74crore used to be recovered until date, the source added.

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